Neil Breeden Nashville Vocal Coach
Neil Breeden Nashville Vocal Coach
Neil Breeden a premier vocal coach in Nashville, TN is offering a free voice lessons to the first 10 people that contact through this ad.
Most people, when asked to take a deep breath, will display a rise in the chest area as they draw in a "deep breath." Also, you may hear, in casual conversation, reference using the diaphragm in breathing. Turns out the diaphragm is an involuntary muscle and a deep breath should not come from the upper chest region. Correct breathing is very important and can make a difference in the sound, quality and life of your voice. A correct deep breath comes from the lower abdomen and does not use the muscles around the throat or upper chest. This is very important for everyday life, and even more important for singers. Here is why:
Top Benefits of Proper Breathing For Singing
1) Ease of Breath
When you breathe through your upper chest, you use the muscles in the neck and chest area to control the breath. This can cause some negative effects on your voice. When you use the muscles around the vocal chords, it can cause strain on the voice as well as a change in sound. In addition, this sense of "trying" to breath cannot be maintained and can alter notes with a negative implication. Taking deep breaths from the lower abdomen uses muscles that are far away from the vocal region and singing mechanism, creating a sense of ease in the voice that can help you progress in your career or hobby.
2) Clarity of Voice
Again, using muscles close to the vocal region can cause an undesirable sound in the voice. Practice deep breathing from the lower abdomen to train your body to correctly use the breath to progress you voice and increase clarity.
Relaxation in and around the singing mechanism creates a fluid sound that singers want. Use of deep breathing outside of singing has many benefits that carry over to a great singing voice. One of these is the relaxation of the tongue. The tongue is what helps us create specific tones and sounds. If the tongue is stiff or "uptight" it can cause a struggle in singing. Use deep breaths in the lower abdomen to guide your tongue to a more relaxed state where, ideally, the tip will rest directly behind the bottom teeth.
To learn more about these techniques and to find out if you have what it takes to be a great singer, call Neil Breeden today!
Neil Breeden has extensive performing and vocal coaching experience throughout the United States and Europe. His background has been classical, but his love for music is diverse due to his years living in the New York City metropolitan area. His compelling talent and hard work launched him all the way to Carnegie Hall. Neil has thrived on the creative energy of the Big Apple.
With a music degree under his belt and a lot of aspiration, Neil headed West to spread his wings on stage. In Santa Barbara and Los Angeles he sought out prominent vocal teachers and coaches and continued to hone his craft and audition for roles. Determined to pursue his dream, it wasn’t long before he landed the roles of Rodolfo in “La Boheme” and Don Jose in “Carmen. “It was thrilling and a lot of hard work, but I loved every minute of it,” say’s Neil.
There have been many highlights since those first performances, such as the role of Otello in Verdi’s “Otello,” Werther in Massenet’s “Werther” and Waldemar in Schonberg’s “Gurre-lieder” at the openingVocal music has always been his passion as well as helping others reach their fullest vocal potential.He has said many times; “Voice is voice, and ‘singing well’ applies to all types and styles.”
After his move from the Northeast to the Nashville area in the spring of 2011, Neil is establishing his private vocal studio in order to help singers in their efforts to hone their own crafts. Vocal music has always been his passion as well as helping others reach their fullest vocal potential.
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Tone – Range – Vowels – Breathing
Neil Breeden will help you find your true voice and add longevity to your singing experience.
There are times when even the most seasoned singers struggle with different parts of their voice, whether it’s range, breathing or certain vowels, etc. There are simple techniques that, given time and attention can assist in overcoming whatever vocal challenges you are experiencing.
- TONE – Tone is a quality that can be discovered or enhanced.
- RANGE – High or low, your range can be expanded further.
- VOWELS – Vowels can convey your voice to an audience rather than be an obstacle.
- BREATHING – Connecting your voice to your natural breathing becomes the foundation for your faultless voice.
Our vocal gift was given to us in its own perfect state. As in other areas of life, we sometimes make singing more complicated than it needs to be. Neil Breeden will help you find your true voice and add longevity to your singing experience.
- Teaching Experience: The majority of Neil’s teaching experience has been in his private studio in New York and New Jersey.
- Voice Faculty – The King’s College – Westchester County New York
- Voice Faculty – The Berkshire Choral Festival – Sheffield, Massachusetts. Neil teaches at the Noah Liff Opera Center of the Nashville Opera Association.
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VOCAL TIP OF THE WEEK
THE INCEPTION OF THE VOICE, - In an earlier ‘Vocal Tip of the Week’, I made reference to my son’s breathing, when he was a baby. We can learn a lot from the simplicity and easy nature of a child voice. The voice we hear when a baby cries is the inception of his/her voice for their entire life. That simple clear sound is the one that singers should seek to maintain in their voices for their entire singing lives.